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Mon 10-04-2023, 10:00Málaga, Spain Mon 17-04-2023, 10:00Funchal, Madeira Santa Maria Manuela 7 NightsSM100423

This voyage takes us from Spain’s bustling coastal city of Malaga to the semi-tropical island of Madeira, stopping to swim in the clear blue waters of Porto Santo and stroll along its famous 9km white sandy beach.

You’ll get over 670 nautical miles beneath your keel on this trip, with an open invitation to get fully involved in all aspects of sailing, from helming to trimming sails and from navigation to going aloft. When you are not involved in the sailing there’s plenty of time to fish, read, play board games and share sailing stories at the bar!

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IDEAL VOYAGE FOR

Couples wanting to go sailing together

Wildlife spotting

Mile building (over 670 nautical miles covered)

Sea swimming

Night time sailing under clear skies

Santa Maria Manuela

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Schooner
Guest Berths 50
Beam 33ft
Draft 18ft
Deck Length 173ft
Overall Length 225ft
Tonnage 992 tons
Year Built 1937
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Voyage Description

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Bustling city of Malaga (arrive early to explore!)
  • Sail a magnificent four-masted schooner
  • Swim off the famous 9km white sand beach of Port Santo
  • Participate in SMM’s citizen science project
  • Beautiful Madeira: consider spending a few days exploring the islands mountains after you disembark.
  • Sail open ocean at night under the stars
  • Good company, sunsets, and a bar when off watch
share the sunset with your shipmates
share the sunset with your shipmates

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

After a safety briefing and some basic sailing training, you set off on your adventure.

During this iconic ocean voyage you will be captivated by the beauty and power of the ocean. Venturing further into the Atlantic, the crew will invite you to participate in their citizen science project, which they run with their partners ‘Waste Free Oceans’. You can help by trawling a small net and recording what you find, be it plankton, fish, microplastics or other man made objects. Your contribution will help raise awareness and inspire change.

You might be a bit apprehensive about joining any sailing ship, but it is great for solo travellers and couples alike as you are made welcome and soon introduced to sailing activities. Pulling ropes together and finding your way around the ship is always a great way of making friends quickly.

After a swim and a celebratory deck BBQ in the calm waters of Porto Santo, you’ll set sail on your final evening for Funchal, sailing into the port under the stunning vista of the city perched on an ancient volcanic slope. Funchal is a mecca for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers, with its backdrop of impressive mountains and a UNESCO world heritage site natural park.

On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Santa Maria Manuela by H Boehm

Ocean Passage

If you are new to tall ship sailing there are lots of seamanship tasks to learn, from coiling like a pro to making lines secure on belaying pins. Learning the sail names is fun, whatever language you prefer. Even if you are an experienced sailor, it takes a bit of getting used to 4 masts. They are called Mizzen, Main, Aft Foremast and Foremast. You could just watch the waves go by and marvel that this ship used to catch all of its cod from small dories it took with the ship all the way to Newfoundland and the rich, iceberg infested grounds of West Greenland. Here tough Portuguese fishermen launched a small fleet of dories from the mother ship and reeled in the cod with a rod and line.

hands on sailing on an ocean passage
hands on sailing on an ocean passage

 

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

When the Azores high pressure sits over the islands you could have light winds and clear blue skies.

Madeira even in spring is hotter than most Europeans imagine. You need good sun cream as the air here is so pure, so the UV light can be pretty strong.

HANDS-ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be the guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands-on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands-on participation. There is a lot of information on the vessel pages about day to day life, the ship’s facilities and accommodation.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks, and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third-Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Travel Insurance

Start & End Port

Málaga, Spain

Funchal, Madeira

If Funchal is your leaving port then arriving into Funchal by sea, offers stunning views of the city perched on an ancient volcanic slope. Shadowing the city are impressive mountains covered in laurel bushes and banana trees, a natural park which was nominated a UNESCO Word Heritage site in 1999, Laurissilva of Madeira.

If you are flying in to join your ship then you may get a birds eye view of this volcanic jewel in the Atlantic Ocean, unless the trade wind mists are swirling on the summits.

Kit List

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.

See bottom of page for Diving Holiday Kit List

Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, towels for cabin (but please bring your own beach towel)

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but you can purchase drinks from the bar (you can set up a tab and pay at the end). 

What to Bring

For any destination north of Cape Verde warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet as salt water soaked shoes take a while to dry.

Madeira, Portugal and the Azores in summer can get pretty hot and it is easy to get sunburn at sea as the air is clear. The Cape Verde are in a tropical climate so a good sun screen is essential.

Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need. 

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. 

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.

  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • gloves - either sailing gloves or gardening type gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • shorts and t shirts
  • nightwear (ear plugs ?)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • swimwear (googles are useful)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Musical instruments 
  • games or cards
  • book/kindle

You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.

Diving Holidays on Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

Please note the ship will only be carrying scuba diving equipment on the specialist diving voyages. 

On a diving voyage - Bottles and weights are included in the voyage price.

If you need diving equipment other than bottles and weights it is €150 extra

Nitrox costs €5 euros a dive

Classic Sailing will expand on this kit list shortly.

 

Review

Santa Maria Manuela is a new vessel to the Classic Sailing fleet. We first became aware of her at the Tall Ships Race Fleet visit in Torbay in 2016. She has new owners who are incredibly proud of the ships history and are developing many new roles for the ship with a major niche in adventure holidays and oceanographic expeditions that benefit the world's oceans.

First Hand Knowledge

Classic Sailing co-founder Adam Purser has recently sailed on board a dive expedition in Cape Verde. He spent quite a bit of time getting to know the ship, its style of operations and the characters in the crew. You can speak to him in Classic Sailing UK Office on 0044 (0)1872 580022

New friends on Adam's voyage
New friends on Adam's voyage

Customer Feedback

Here are a few customer comments from previous trips. We hope to have many more soon.

Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one. This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history.The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected. Best wishes & Good Luck for the future.Very many thanks"
Keith H. 28-04-18

We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during the Sachsen Sail 2018 in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members and maritime greetings from Leipzig, Germany. " Mario L. 25-09-18

Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique .Merci pour tout" Marie-francoise A. 05-09-18

 

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